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Moisture meter with probes

Anyone in the Hauraki area have a moisture meter with 300mm probes they could lend a Straw house builder?
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14 Nov 19 06:39 PM - By Ecobob
14 Nov '19 06:39 PM
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Moisture meter with probes

Anyone in the Hauraki area have a moisture meter with 300mm probes they could lend a Straw house builder?
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10 Nov 19 09:05 AM - By seechange
10 Nov '19 09:05 AM
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eco gypsy

check out the buildings on eco gypsy on you tube
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07 Nov 19 09:16 AM - By eco gypsy
07 Nov '19 09:16 AM
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wall insulation options

Hi, we are looking to build shortly, (titles came through this week) approx 210 sqm, and im wanting to put as much of the spare "upgrade" money into insulation as possible. Looking at the walls, im trying to get ...
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30 Oct 19 12:04 PM - By m1013828
30 Oct '19 12:04 PM
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Magroc gone into liquidation?

I am considering SIPs panels for my build and was looking at using MagRoc but have been told they are in liquidation. Has anyone else heard this?
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23 Oct 19 03:11 PM - By StandinguptotheBullies
23 Oct '19 03:11 PM
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dangers of spray foam insulation

Anyone getting ill from homes, offices or schools insulated with polyurethane spray foam? In the U.S. many homes are not livable because the continued off gassing from the SPF. Please consider my petition for full disclosure of the ...
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22 Oct 19 05:16 PM - By Dys
22 Oct '19 05:16 PM
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to choose a builder

Hi , First post. Find this forum helpful. We are in the process of planning a new house build in mission bay. site has a slope. Have engaged an architect and has a good design. Was initially planning to go ...
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19 Oct 19 05:13 PM - By Ecobob
19 Oct '19 05:13 PM
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How effective is Insulfluf v Batts

I have a two storey house built in 2002 - It has Insulfluf in the ceiling. Its still in good condition and nice and thick, but I cant find a lot of info on its effectiveness or insulation rating. How good is ...
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15 Oct 19 09:45 AM - By robg
15 Oct '19 09:45 AM
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Canadian Insulated Vinyl Cladding

My partner and I have just finished building our beach house on the west coast and as it's in relatively remote area as far as possible we've tried to make it as sustainable as possible using thermally efficient building materials ...
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15 Oct 19 09:09 AM - By m1013828
15 Oct '19 09:09 AM
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Hydronic underfloor heating with air-to-water heatpump, Christchurch

Hi all, Can anyone offer advice with regard to this, as well as your experiences with install and running costs? Planning a 180m2 single-storey build in Christchurch and I really like the idea of an efficient central heating system to keep the ...
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12 Oct 19 11:14 PM - By SBQ
12 Oct '19 11:14 PM
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Heating for SIP construction home

Hi all. We are planning to build a SIP home single level approx 150sqm and wondering what type of heating would be suitable. We're on South East facing beach front section in dunedin. We have been looking at 11kw ...
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11 Oct 19 08:52 PM - By Shayler
11 Oct '19 08:52 PM
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Slab insulation for new build in Auckland

Hi everyone First post, but this is a fantastic forum so I hope this is received well. I'm building a new single story house (215m2) in west auckland (north facing living) and looking to build a quality home and build in ...
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09 Oct 19 01:19 PM - By JR1
09 Oct '19 01:19 PM
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Window Warranties

Hi, we're replacing our house lot of absolutely awful 1980s aluminum windows. I have had three quotes through for euro and US made UPVC and they're all out of our price range. So thermally broken aluminium it is. (Please don't ...
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03 Oct 19 09:01 PM - By Poddington
03 Oct '19 09:01 PM
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Council regulation exemptions (specifics)

:D Hi, I have just secured a nice piece of land with its own stream etc and I am wanting to build off grid and also (most importantly) avoid council regulations. Finding exemptions (without having to read legislation) on the Waikato council ...
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03 Oct 19 09:53 AM - By SBQ
03 Oct '19 09:53 AM
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Pole barn house new build

Hi guys, Im a new member to ecobob. We are looking to start building a pole barn style house on 2 acres in South Otago later in the year and i was hoping for some advice. We love the passive house ...
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18 Sep 19 08:31 PM - By Wykickamucow
18 Sep '19 08:31 PM
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Owner Builder & Engineer's Producer Statement (PS4)

We are planning a "owner builder" build in Christchurch and plan on having a mix of paid LBP's to do some work while other aspects will be done under the owner builder exemption. We are mainly taking this approach due ...
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02 Sep 19 08:08 PM - By scotts808
02 Sep '19 08:08 PM
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Importing Kitsets?

Hi everyone, Has anyone here actually imported a kitset home from overseas? I am really impressed by some European designs and it appears to be a much cheaper and better option than using local kitset/pre-built options. Has anyone gone through the full ...
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18 Aug 19 12:01 PM - By SBQ
18 Aug '19 12:01 PM
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Valuations for energy-efficient/passive homes

Can anyone comment on their experiences with building an energy-efficient or passive home and getting it valued in order to secure a home loan? Our valuation has come back a lot less than the contract cost to build. The reason being ...
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17 Aug 19 04:18 PM - By SBQ
17 Aug '19 04:18 PM
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Integrated heating in Zehnder Comfoair 350 vs small heat pump

Hi all, We are building an energy efficient house targeting the PH low energy standard. 137m2 house. We have had our house modelled using PHPP software with following results: heating demand 24.9 kWh/m2.a, heating load 14.2 W/m2. We've been told we ...
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17 Aug 19 04:08 PM - By SBQ
17 Aug '19 04:08 PM
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A curious observation - aluminium insert windows...

We installed aluminium insert type windows into our existing timber window frames and have been pretty happy with our choice to do so. As they're not thermally broken however, they do get some condensation on the lower parts of the ...
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17 Aug 19 03:46 PM - By SBQ
17 Aug '19 03:46 PM
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Insulation for laundry in garage

We are looking at building a new house and are planning to have the laundry in the garage. The building company has advised that they normally don’t do ventilation for dryers in garages but it seems like that could create ...
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17 Aug 19 03:41 PM - By SBQ
17 Aug '19 03:41 PM
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HWHP, worth it?

Hey all. Wondering if anyone here can offer some perspective on Hot Water Heat Pumps. We moved into an early 70s house about 18 months ago and have been steadily renovating. To date we've replaced the roof, insulated (almost everything we ...
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17 Aug 19 03:35 PM - By SBQ
17 Aug '19 03:35 PM
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Free-standing vs insert log-burners

We are in Nelson and have to upgrade our home heating as part of the Clean Air Plan here. We definitely want to stick with a wood-burner as we don't want to depend on electricity for heat. However, ...
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04 Aug 19 05:31 PM - By heckle
04 Aug '19 05:31 PM
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wood burner

good ones ...
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04 Aug 19 05:20 PM - By heckle
04 Aug '19 05:20 PM
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Seeking list of NZ SIP suppliers and Designers

Hi Guys, So it seems that many of the suppliers of SIPs (structural insulated panels) in New Zealand are all pretty poor at making their websites come up in a Google search. Or maybe there's just not very many of them, I'm ...
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13 Jul 19 08:00 PM - By akmodi
13 Jul '19 08:00 PM
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